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New Statesman: It’s time for Christmas adverts that don’t rely on making mothers feel guilty

Watch as a hapless mum runs herself ragged – cooking, shopping, wrapping, decorating, entertaining – while her ungrateful spouse and kids take it all for granted!

New Statesman: Marks and Spencer’s “fancy little knickers” and nine other awful For Her Christmas presents

A hundred years after getting the vote, today’s woman can access not only Shout Out To My Pout lip pencils, but Perfect In Pink face gems.

New Statesman: All the sexist headlines we can expect now that Meghan Markle is pregnant

“Meghan Markle is pregnant with Prince Harry’s first child” is just the start.

Independent: Apparently having a baby in your fifties will ‘traumatise’ the child – but only if you’re a woman of course

The ethical problems relating to older motherhood are routinely cast aside when it comes to men. After all, we are told, that’s the way it’s always been

New Statesman: The feminist conundrum of Wife Swap

From patronising stay at home mothers to indulging “make me a sandwich” sexism, the show – much like society – had it both ways.

Independent: A women’s place has never been in the home – the truth is far more complex than that

A vast majority of Britons still believe women should be the primary caregivers. Why is our image of motherhood based on a specific, fleeting cultural moment that mainly exists in 1950s advert land?

Independent: Remember, women: if you’re not pregnant, you’re pre-pregnant, and you need to build your lifestyles around that fact

Telling women to change their lifestyles for the sake of others who may never exist seems ludicrously backwards

New Statesman: #Metoo is more than applying “due process” – women are questioning the rules themselves

We are working towards a world in which no one feels taken by surprise at the failure of others to trust in their justice.

New Statesman: I can finally say it – I think Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen are rubbish anyway

For so long, I’ve been held back by the sexist male genius paradox.

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